Does 911 know your location?

Does 911 know your location when you call?

Here’s how they explain it: When you call 911 from your cellphone, the dispatcher does not see your actual location. Instead, dispatch centers have to ask your wireless carrier for your location information. The location information comes from a cell tower, which could put you miles away from where you actually are.

How long does it take for 911 to get your location?

Rules issued by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015 require wireless telecom companies to provide a “dispatchable location” (a physical address including information such as floor, suite or apartment) to 911 call centers within 30 seconds, regardless of indoor or outdoor location.

Can 911 see your location Iphone?

Your smartphone knows your location well enough to send a car to where you’re standing in a busy city, map a morning run through the woods, or navigate inside an airport.

Can police track your phone in an emergency?

Because the phone reports its location based on GPS positioning, wireless carriers can relay a relatively precise location for the phone to emergency response teams, police and other government officials.

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What happens when I call 911 from my cell phone?

In the U.S., your iPhone will dial 911 and connect you to an operator. After that call concludes, it will then send a text message to your emergency contacts (unless you choose to cancel). Your phone will send your current location to your contacts and update them if your location changes.

How long does it take for the police to track your phone?

It can take as little as 30 seconds to trace a call. The amount of time it takes the police to show up to the crime scene is an entirely different matter. Traffic, geography, and distance of the nearest available unit determine how long it will take them to appear. It could be 5 or 20 minutes.

How long do you have to be on the phone to track?

No, there’s no minimum time the caller needs to be on the line. In fact, if the caller hangs up before you can pick up the phone, you probably can still trace the call. A connection simply needs to be made, and that usually happens once the phone rings at least two times.

Why does it take so long to trace a call?

It had to track the winding path of a connection across switches and exchanges to discover its origin. Then, the phone company passed it on to law enforcement. This was a time-consuming process, requiring a negotiator or police officer to keep the call active for as long as possible.

Why do 911 dispatchers ask for your location?

For example, you may have just moved, or you may be in a complex (such as an apartment complex), which lists only one main address. Also, you may be calling for a situation that is occurring elsewhere, so the call-taker will want specific address information about where the problem is taking place.

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Can Siri send your location to 911?

According to the Siri user guide, iPhones automatically call the local emergency number no matter what emergency number you say. For example, if you told Siri “911” in France, you would contact the closest French police station even though 112 is the French emergency number.